HVAC Considerations When Looking for a New Home
Few things in life are as exciting and consuming as house hunting. Many factors go into your decision such as basic needs, add-ons and budget - along with the condition of your new investment. It is important to place the quality and condition of the home's HVAC system at the top of your list while selecting your next home.
Here are some things to look for to help on your next house hunting experience.
While searching for any new home, the best place to start is to make a list of items your home must have. Think of your current needs, as well as your needs within the next decade. You want to make sure your new home can accommodate your lifestyle for many years to come.
Focus on the floor plan, number of bedrooms, bathrooms and ensure you are happy with the functionality and design of your investment. During your initial tour, keep an eye out for things like odours, sloping or sagging, or too good to be true price reductions. These are all warning signs of hidden issues that could translate into significant upgrades in the near future.
While inspecting your prospective home, look for some common HVAC issues. Pay attention to air quality, extreme hot/cold spots in the home, how loud the furnace or AC runs, unusual noises, and signs that the heating or cooling units have not been well maintained.
Inspect both interior and exterior units and ask when the last time they were serviced. During a more intense home inspection, test the heating and cooling units like you were using them on a hot or cold day to ensure they are ready to serve you.
You should also apply the same test to the home's water and electrical systems to ensure they are working to your family's typical capacity loads. Ultimately, it is best to have a professional inspect the home before purchase to ensure you have done all you can to avoid unwanted surprises.
If you have recently purchased a home and are struggling with your heating, cooling, hot water unit or electrical service, feel free to reach out to us. We are experts in the HVAC industry and are able to help with all of your home energy needs.